A new art space has opened at Beaconsfield, hoping to add another shade to the town's creative scene.
Rascal Robot Art Space is the brainchild of artist Sara Ferrington, who started the creative centre after seeing the artistic potential of Beaconsfield's children.
"It started because I was doing some community art projects in Beaconsfield last year at the Child and Family Centre and the primary school to make murals," she said.
"There were just so many kids with these amazing artistic talents and there's just not that much of an art program.
"There's an art teachers' assistant there but they don't have a dedicated art room and these kids were just falling through the cracks. I got messages from a lot of parents afterwards saying they'd love for their kids to keep working with me afterwards and asked if I did lessons."
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The non-for-profit centre hosts two primary school classes and one high school art class. Ms Ferrington hopes to expand her operation to include Saturday drama games as well as possibly singing lessons.
"I'm also doing private lessons because there are a few kids in the area who have sensory processing disorder or are on the autism spectrum where being in a group class there can be a lot of distractions," she said.
"If you can get that one-on-one tuition it's really good for them."
The name Rascal Robot came from a drawing done by one of Ms Ferrington's pupils at the Child and Family Centre who drew it during a school holiday program.
"It's so cute... I made her [the pupil] a toy of the robot and fridge magnets," Ms Ferrington said.
"It's fun... robots are taking all of our jobs so let's fit them [kids] out with the skills to do jobs that robots can't."
Ms Ferrington said the response from the community for the art space had been great.
"Even the business community here has been really amazing... we're a really close community and everyone kind of knows each other," she said.
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